Sept 7. 1794.
My dear Tom
Three letters have I written to you. two of them very long
& all of them of importance. one contained my proposals for publishing
Joan of Arc by subscription at One Guinea. one was almost full of good sonnets
from scripture with political applications, 
& one desired you to go immediately to Cambridge, & sojourn with
our brother Coleridge till
February. as you have changed ships it will be better to remain till the
beginning of next year. in March we depart for America. Lovell
his wife, brother & two of his
all the Frickers — my mother <Miss Peggy> &
brothers  —
apothecary & man-midwife — G
Burnett — ST
Coleridge — Robt Allen —
& Robert Southey. of so many we are certain, & expect more.
whatever knowledge of navigation you can attain will be useful — as we shall be
on the banks of a navigable river & appoint you Admiral of a cock boat.
I imagine that the money you will receive for pay will be enough to rig you out
— allowing fifteen pound for that business. if not it devolves upon me. have you
received any prize money?
My Aunt knows nothing as yet of
my intended plan — twill surprize her but not very agreably — every thing is in
a very fair train, & all parties eager to embark. what do your common
blue trowsers costs? let me know as I shall get two or three pair for my working
winter dress. & as many jackets either blue or grey. so my wardrobe will
consist of two good coats — two cloth jackets — four linen ones — six brown
holland pantaloons & two nankeen do for dress. two new waistcoats will
set me up in that article, & I shall not wear brogues.
My Mother says I am mad — if so
she is bit by me for she wishes as much to go as I do. Coleridge was with us
nearly five weeks & made good use of his time — we preachd Pantisocracy
& Aspheterism everywhere. there Tom are two new words. the first signifying the equal government of
all — & the other — the generalization of individual property. words
well understood now in the city of Bristol. we are busy in getting our plan
& principles ready for printing to distribute privately — you shall have
one in course. & in three weeks may expect our Bath volume of
poems.  you will
hardly be able to get me any subscribers for Joan  I fear.
Rover  has got the mange — & so has Peggys bedfellow the old rank black
The death of Robespierre  is one of those events on which it is hardly possible to speak
with certainty. the charges brought against him after his execution are most
futile & contemptible — on the other hand I see much to commend in the
Convention. they debate freely & set many prisoners at Liberty.
Tallien  in one day delivered 700. Coleridge & I wrote
a tragedy  upon the subject in 24 hours which he has in London now, either
to sell or print on our account.
The thoughts of the day & the visions of the night all
centre in America. time lags along heavily till March — but we have done wonders
since you left me.
fare thee well. write to me & that frequently. think that
we have now an object worth living for — that we are going to breathe the air
& eat the bread of independance.
I hope to see <thee> in January. it will then be time for you
to take leave of the navy, & become acquainted with all our brethren
the Pantisocrats. you will have no objection to partake of a wedding dinner
in February. once more farewell.
I suppose that Son of a bitch Capt B.  has stopt my three letters.
enquire concerning them. they were very long.
* Address: Thomas Southey/ Aquilon
Frigate/ Plymouth [deletion in another hand]
Portsmo/ or elsewhere./ Single
MS: British Library, Add MS 47890
Previously published: Kenneth
Curry (ed.), New Letters of Robert Southey, 2 vols
(London and New York, 1965), I, pp. 74–76; Charles Cuthbert Southey (ed.),
Life and Correspondence of Robert Southey, 6
vols (London, 1849–1850), I, pp. 220–221 [in part, where it is misdated 20
September 1794]. BACK
 The sonnets are possibly related to a series of four on
biblical subjects that Southey published anonymously in the Morning Post between 11 July and 10 August 1798. BACK
 Heath (first name and dates
unknown), a prospective member of Pantisocracy, and an apothecary in
Bristol. Possibly the brother of Charles Heath (1761–1831; DNB), topographer and twice mayor of Monmouth. BACK
 [Robert Lovell and Robert
Southey], Poems (Bath, 1795). BACK
 Southey was at this time planning to publish Joan of Arc by subscription. The publisher was to be Richard
Cruttwell (c. 1747–1799; DNB), who produced the
Lovell-Southey collaboration Poems (1795). The
latter included an advertisement for subscribers to Joan. BACK
 Maximilien Marie Isidore de Robespierre (1758–1794) was executed on 28 July
 Jean-Lambert Tallien
(1767–1820), President of the Convention and leading figure in the overthrow
of Robespierre. BACK
The Fall of
Robespierre (1794) was published under Coleridge’s name
 Robert Barlow (1757–1843; DNB), knighted in
1801. The captain of Thomas Southey’s ship the Aquilon. BACK